• Was touched by photograph

    To the editor:

    Rarely have I been so touched by a photograph. The picture of two young students at Waccamaw Elementary on the Beacon’s March 16 front page, commemorating their fallen classmates, had it all: the innocence of youth, the tragedy of loss and the sweet love of friends. The little girl whose hands were clasped as if in prayer conveyed more compassion than words could ever communicate.

    Thank you for sharing this remarkable picture with us, your readers.

    Anne T. Bailey

  • Defends health board’s decision

    To the editor:

    Even though I argued in support of privatizing Brunswick County’s Animal Shelter, I feel compelled to defend the board’s decision. 

    I have been working with the folks from R.A.C.E. for more than a year to help guide them through the process on how to be prepared. 

  • Save the port

    To the editor:

    North Carolina is at a critical point. We must decide if our state will remain competitive in the retention of existing industries and recruitment of new industries and therefore, job creation.

    We must decide whether to develop a deepwater port that will provide cost competitive advantages that neighboring competitor states are currently developing.

    Significant cost savings on ocean shipping are being achieved through larger container ships. Ships, due to their keel depth, cannot call on the Port of Wilmington.

  • Park would be good for town

    To the editor:

    Anyone who has driven through Carolina Shores will certainly notice we have a lovely golf course in our community but lack a downtown area or a main street. 

    Designing a park adjacent to our town hall would be a wonderful way to honor our community and to have a designated and centralized area for outside activities. It would be a place where you could meet and celebrate annual events or take a walk and enjoy nature or maybe just sit and savor the moment. 

  • Responds to letter to the editor

    To the editor:

    I am responding to the Cerrato letter in the March 3 edition of the Beacon. That letter concerns allegations against Sunset Beach lead building inspector Jeff Curtis. It is another attempt to discredit our town’s elected officials and professional staff. Cerrato, as usual, uses partial quotes and half-truths in his crusade to prove that our town officials are corrupt.

  • Judging with clean hands?

    To the editor:

    Police, confronting a real or potential culprit in tense situations, want to see their “hands,” hands that can externally first telegraph internal, harmful, hidden agendas. Courts of law, when sitting in equity to adjudge, should contemplate the concern, “Are the complainants here ‘with clean hands?’”

  • How will parking be this season?

    To the editor:

    We have read many comments in the Beacon from Sunset Beach “islanders” and found it hard to believe that people could say those hurtful things. 

    We saw extra driveways built and the “no parking” signs, and believed solutions would be found, that islanders were overreacting. We trusted that Sunset Beach officials would make provisions for “us other taxpayers” to use the public beach.

  • IDs can help stop voter fraud

    To the editor:

    Photo IDs are required by law as proof of identity in North Carolina to sell scrap metal, purchase surplus North Carolina state property, obtain a pistol purchase permit, get a library card, apply for social services and by federal law, to establish a bank account, fly on an airplane, or cash a U.S. postal money order.

  • When salaries affect decisions

    To the editor:

    Noted author Upton Sinclair reportedly once said, “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends on not understanding it.” 

    How well that quote epitomizes Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s efforts to persuade public union members of the falsehoods in their leaders’ opposition to his legislation.

    John A. Donnelly

    Carolina Shores             

  • Don’t turn tourists away from beach

    To the editor:

    This is in response to closing side streets to parking on the island of Sunset Beach. Many families rent condos and houses on the mainland when spending their vacation at Sunset Beach. These families support the local economy by spending their dollars in the restaurants and shops and grocery stores. 

    Instead of embracing tourists, the town will be turning them away. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

    Carolyn Dinwiddie

    Richmond, Va., and Sunset Beach